Didnt take a client cuase i wont cut at 2"

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by birddseedd, Apr 23, 2013.

  1. maynardGkeynes

    maynardGkeynes LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've never used that particular piece of equipment, but uneven surface seems like it would be part of the problem with scalping. 3" is not a low cut under ordinary circumstances. Does the equipment have a real wide wheelbase? That can make the problem worse, just like with an SUV, you want the short wheelbase off road to makes sure the middle part is not getting scraped.
     
  2. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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    Not really- if a fescue lawn you normally cut at 3.75 or 4 inches, an it poors down rain and gets up fairly high, I just hit it at 5". Then the following week move it up two days in the schedule and mow it properly at 3.75. My customers appreciate the lawn bein taken care of. Mostly higher end residentials don't want it mowed at 2". They want the proper look of 3-4" mowed every 6-8 days.
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  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    Are you talking about just edging the grass between concrete and the turf? I charge a penny a foot. It's like a 5 minute job at the most to do 200 feet. And that's if it's bad.
     
  4. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    I wouldn't pull out of my driveway for $2
     
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    Neither would I. It's part of the lawn service. I do it every week.
     
  6. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    most people up here use the bezel method. but as far as I understand continual edging is more necessary in the south because of the grass types. I have thought about trying trimmer edging.
     
  7. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    you should check your deck to be sure it's right. even a brand new one can sometimes be off 1/2" or so.

    park on a level concrete surface like a garage and set the deck height at 3". put your blades front to back by hand and measure from the floor to the bottom edge of the front of the blade. it should be 3". yours may be way off if you are scalping while mowing at 3".

    i have to mow at like 1"-1 1/2" to scalp anything.
     
  8. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    i would never do that. i would just mow it at the normal height every time.

    also i mow southern warm season grasses not fescue so that's why i mow it shorter. a weekly yard here is 4" before i cut it down to 2".

    4" tall southern grass is as tall as you wanna let it get before you cut it again. the every other week yards are about 6" when i go to mow them and they look terribly out of control almost. i mow them down to 2" as well. so they look good for about a week or a week and a half at the most and then they start looking shaggy.

    i don't mow it higher just because it rained that week or something. i cut it the same height no matter if the grass is 3" or 8". it gets cut down to 2" and looks good when i leave.

    if it was 8" because of alot of rain if i cut it down to 4" it would still be right back up to 8" the next time i came back to mow so i'd be faced with the same problem. might as well fix it the first time i mow the yard.
     
    Last edited: May 5, 2013
  9. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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    So why the hell are you hounding me?
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  10. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    huh?

    i'm not.

    i'm just saying how i do things and trying to explain why. :laugh:
     

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